Silver Prices

Apple Stock Debuts on Dow Jones Industrial Average Today

Dow Jones Industrial Average today

Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, March 19, forecasted a 43-point decrease from yesterday's close. The DJIA surged 227 points Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated a slower pace for an expected interest rate hike this year. Commodities rallied on the news, with gold prices jumping nearly 2% and silver prices up almost 2.5%.

Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) makes its official debut on the Dow Jones Industrial Average today. It replaces AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). [Here's why Apple - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732.5 billion - just became worthy of joining the DJIA...]

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

2015 Silver Price Chart: What to Make of Silver Volatility

2015 silver price chart

The 2015 silver price chart shows silver prices got dinged this week.

After an impressive start to the year where the spot price of silver marched above $18 and hit a four-month high, it fell back down another 7.5% this week. The price of silver per oz. closed yesterday (Thursday) at $16.915.

Don't panic. Now is the perfect time to reiterate the reasons to buy silver...

Silver Prices This Year Fell 20% – Here's Why

silver prices this year

Silver prices this year fell 20%, making 2014 the second straight year of declines for the white metal.

After closing 2013 at $19.565 an ounce, the spot silver price bounced between $18.50 and $22 for most of the year. Then it crashed through key support levels in September. Silver prices then began a descent to four-year lows.

Here's exactly why silver prices finished 2014 at $15.685, and a look at where they're headed in 2015...

Gold and Silver Prices in 2015

gold and silver prices

Precious metals haven't grabbed dramatic headlines like oil and gas have.

But the story is no less exiting. And the metals remain a fundamentally critical part of the global economic and strategic landscape.

Indeed, gold and silver took roller coaster-like rides throughout the year, both screeching towards their respective price lows before bouncing, albeit cautiously, ahead.

With the benefit of hindsight and the value of foresight, it's time to look at how gold and silver acted in 2014, and what we can do to profit in 2015.

Let's start with the yellow metal...

Silver Coin Sales Break Record for Second Straight Year

silver coin sales

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Mint has logged record silver coin sales for the American Silver Eagles.

Sales of the popular .999 one-ounce silver coins totaled 495,000 on Monday, taking the 2014 sales tally to a record 42,854,000. That whopping figure handily beat the 2013 record of 42,675,000 silver coins.

Here's what's behind the robust silver coin sales, plus a look ahead at 2015...

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